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Chopin’s Waltz in A♭ Major, Op. 69 No. 1: Interpretation and Analysis

Chopin Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 69 No. 1: Analysis and Interpretation

The Chopin Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 69 No. 1, is one of his most remembered works. The piece contains both a compelling backstory and haunting musical content. This post provides a brief history of how this waltz came to be a marker of a depressing moment in Chopin’s life and then interpretive performance suggestions …

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Twinkling Possibilities: Performance Tips and Theory Tidbits for Mozart’s 12 Variations on ‘Ah vous dirai-je, Maman,’ Part 2

Last week we looked at the theme and first six variations of the famous “Twinkle Twinkle Variations” by Mozart. This week, we’ll pick up right where we left off with brief analyses of what Mozart does to make each variation unique as well as the physical piano techniques required to successfully play each variation. I’ve …

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Chopin’s Architecture: Phrase Structure in Chopin’s Waltz in B Minor, Op. 69 No. 2 for Composers, Performers, and Listeners

One of the toughest parts of creating anything is figuring out how to start. The biggest issue for me is that there is just so much I want to write about, say, or do in a project that I get overwhelmed and many times end up pushing it off. There’s our answer: limit the scope of …

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The Sound of Rain: Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude for Listeners, Performers, and Composers

170 years after his death, Chopin still captivates audiences with his music. His set of preludes that cover all 24 major and minor keys are a great starting place to learn how to analyze his work, as it can be dense. This post looks at the qualities that make us feel the melancholy of the …

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Tchaikovsky's 7 Surefire Ways to Get Your Audience's Attention

Tchaikovsky’s 7 Surefire Ways to Get Your Audience’s Attention

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) is known as one of the greatest romantic composers not only for his large body of work but also the intensity inherent in his music. It embodies the ideals of the romantic period by drawing on what’s natural and intense emotion. In addition to his fame for these accomplishments, Tchaikovsky also …

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5 Popular Chord Progressions and How to Use Them

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E G♯ m C♯ m A

1 Progression, 3 Ways

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C♯ m G♯ m B E

1 Progression, 8 Ways3

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A♯dim C♯m F♯ B

1 Progression, 3 Ways

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A♭ E♭m G♭ D♭

1 Progression, 4 Ways

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C♯ m Bm E A

1 Progression, 3 Ways

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Am Em F C

1 Progression, 8 Ways

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Am Em F C

1 Progression, 8 Ways

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